BHUTAN ITINERARIES 2006 by ttz13568

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  Bhutan
Itineraries
2005 – 2006
   (valid from 01. November 2005 until 31. October 2006)
                                                                        Index
Index.....................................................................................................................................................2
Glimpses of the Dragon Kingdom – GK4 (Days / 3 Nights)...............................................................3
Dragon Kingdom Tour – DK4 (4 Days / 3 Nights) .............................................................................5
Western Bhutan Tour –WB7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)................................................................................7
Abode of the Mountains Gods – AG7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)................................................................10
Journey to Druk Yul – JY7 (7 Days / 6 Nights).................................................................................13
Himalayan Splendor – HS8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)................................................................................16
Magical Kingdom Tour – MK8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)..........................................................................20
Journey to the Dragon Kingdom – JD7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)..............................................................23
Magic & Mountains – MM11 (11 Days / 10 Nights) ........................................................................26
On the Wings of the Dragon – WD11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)............................................................30
Central Bhutan Tour – CB11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)..........................................................................34
Eastern Bhutan Tour – EB14 (14 Days / 13 Nights)..........................................................................37
Jewel of the East – JE15 (15 Days / 14 Nights).................................................................................41
Bhutan the Last Shangri-La – BS21 (21 Days / 20 Nights)...............................................................45
Himalayan Escape at Uma Paro Resort (4 Days / 3 Nights)..............................................................50
Surcharges for Amankora Paro ..........................................................................................................52
2006 Bhutan Festivals........................................................................................................................53




                                                                   Page 2 of 53
               Glimpses of the Dragon Kingdom – GK4 (Days / 3 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimphu
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the
hotel. Welcome drinks will be served.
Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is
now use as an administration center and school for monks.
Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Walk to the Changangkha temple – temple of Chenrigzig known as
Buddha of Compassion and offer butter lamps. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal
the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley at night.

Day 2 Thimphu Sightseeing – Wangdue
Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft. Tour the
traditional medicine center where centuries old medicine and acupuncture is still practiced.
Visit the National folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. See the
Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                        6526 m
Gangchhenta                     6840 m
Masang Gang                     7165 m
Tsenda Gang                     7100 m
Teri Gang                       7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )      7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.

Day 3            Wangdue – Paro                                                    Drive = 5 hr
Morning: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of
Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.
Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.

Day 4          Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




                                                Page 3 of 53
            Glimpses of the Dragon Kingdom – GK4 (4 Days / 3 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

   1 Pax            2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax          11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 1069.00     US$ 1015.00         US$ 862.00          US$ 862.00 *          US$ 862.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                   For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 138.00                    For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

   1 Pax           2 Pax             3 – 10 Pax          11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 962.00      US$ 915.00          US$ 754.00          US$ 754.00 *          US$ 754.00 **
     Single Supplement               US$ 269.00                   For Festival Season
     Single Supplement               US$ 138.00                    For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 4 of 53
                     Dragon Kingdom Tour – DK4 (4 Days / 3 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimphu                                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 m
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served.

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel.

After lunch: Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse
through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses
the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu
valley by sunset/evening

Day 2           Thimphu Sightseeing
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple,
which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the
National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country.

Day 3            Thimphu – Paro                                                    Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Drive back to Paro. Drive to the Rinpung dzong, built in 17th century, to defend the valley against Tibetan
invaders, the dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Visit the Ta
dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro dzong. This dzong was converted into the
National musuem in 1967, and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.

Afternoon: hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx.
3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger
and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point.
Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance
with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built
over the very heart of the demoness.

Day 4         Paro
Morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




                                                Page 5 of 53
                   Dragon Kingdom Tour – DK4 (4 Days / 3 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

   1 Pax            2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax          11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 1069.00     US$ 1015.00         US$ 862.00          US$ 862.00 *          US$ 862.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                   For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 138.00                    For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

   1 Pax           2 Pax             3 – 10 Pax          11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 962.00      US$ 915.00          US$ 754.00          US$ 754.00 *          US$ 754.00 **
     Single Supplement               US$ 269.00                   For Festival Season
     Single Supplement               US$ 138.00                    For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 6 of 53
                      Western Bhutan Tour –WB7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimphu                                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 min
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and
Mt.Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. Our representative will welcome you.

Visit Drukgyel dzong with its delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan.
Historically and strategically this dzong has withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914
vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by
fire in 1951.

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel.

After lunch: Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse
through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people. Visit Changangkha temple, which is the
temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national
animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley by
sunset/evening

Day 2           Thimphu Sightseeing – Wangdue                                       Drive = 3 hr
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple,
which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the
National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country. See the Traditional Incense and Paper
Factory.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                        6526 m
Gangchhenta                     6840 m
Masang Gang                     7165 m
Tsenda Gang                     7100 m
Teri Gang                       7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )      7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.




                                               Page 7 of 53
Day 3           Wangdue – Trongsa                                                 Drive = 5 hr
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Visit
the Ta- dzong the Trongsa Dzong. Free time to relax.

Day 4          Trongsa – Wangdue                                               Drive = 5 hr
Drive back to Wangdue. On the way stop to take photos and to enjoy the beautiful scene of the country.

Day 5             Punakha day excursion – Paro                                     Drive = 4 hr
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the
banks of the Mo Chu river, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal
Family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chilies and
cabbage, takes guests to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten built by Her Majesty for peace and
stability in the world.

Drive back to Paro. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 6            Paro Day Excursion
Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx.
3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger
and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point
and drive to hotel for lunch.

Afternoon Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten
Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness. Visit the Dungte Lhakhang.

Day 7          Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                           *** End of Services ***




                                                Page 8 of 53
                   Western Bhutan Tour –WB7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,115.00    US$ 2,015.00       US$ 1,700.00      US$ 1,700.00 *        US$ 1,700.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 1,908.00    US$ 1,808.00       US$ 1,492.00      US$ 1,492.00 *        US$ 1,492.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 9 of 53
                 Abode of the Mountains Gods – AG7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimphu
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served.
Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is
now use as an administration center and school for monks.

Drive to Thimphu , the capital of Bhutan. Walk to the Changangkha temple – temple of Chenrigzig known as
Buddha of Compassion and offer butter lamps. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal
the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley at night.

Day 2            Thimphu Sightseeing – Wangdue
Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist
manuscripts. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old
craft. Tour the traditional medicine center where centuries old medicine and acupuncture is still practiced.
Visit the National folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. See the
Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles.

Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                         6526 m
Gangchhenta                      6840 m
Masang Gang                      7165 m
Tsenda Gang                      7100 m
Teri Gang                        7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                 7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )       7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                 7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.

Day 3            Wangdue - Trongsa – Bumthang                                               Drive = 7 hr
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.
Drive to Bumthang, this is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.
Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of
Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit Yatha Weaving
Center a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where the women of the region sell their
textiles and Yatha specialty.
Check into Hotel.

Day 4            Bumthang Sightseeing
Today, it’s a pilgrimage tour for you; your first stop is the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the
King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108
temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.
Chakhar Lhakhang: Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple, is Chakhar (Iron Castle)
Lhakhang. Although it is easy to mistake it for a house and drive right by, this is an interesting temple and is
worth a short visit.
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Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen Gembo,
believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him
to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

Drive up the valley to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey means, “Body imprint”. The temple to the right is the oldest
and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and
left his body imprint. A few minutes walk from Kurjey cross over to the other side of the river over a small
suspension bridge and visit Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing
(Temple of the Good Message). Visit to Jakar Dzong, “ castle of the white bird”. According to legend, when
the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air
and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site
for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and
summer residence of Trongsa monks.

Take a walk around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang valley.

Day 5            Bumthang – Gangtay – Wangdue                                            Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Drive to Wangdue for overnight stay.

Day 6            Wangdue – Paro                                                           Drive = 5 hr
Morning: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of
Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.
Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.

Day 7          Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                           *** End of Services ***




                                               Page 11 of 53
              Abode of the Mountains Gods – AG7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,115.00    US$ 2,015.00       US$ 1,700.00      US$ 1,700.00 *        US$ 1,700.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 1,908.00    US$ 1,808.00       US$ 1,492.00      US$ 1,492.00 *        US$ 1,492.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 12 of 53
                       Journey to Druk Yul – JY7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Day 1            Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and
Mt.Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Visit Drukgyel dzong with its delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan.
Historically and strategically this dzong has withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914
vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by
fire in 1951.

Day 2             Paro day excursion to Taktsang monastery
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing
collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.

Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture.
From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a tradiontional cantilever bridge, and guests are then
driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings.

Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the
family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktsang goemba,
more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred
monastery perched on the side of a cliff at a height of 900 m above the Paro valley. Guru Rimpoche flew on
the back of a tigress and meditated there in the 8th century. It is from here where Guru began the propagation
of the Vajrayana (Tantric) – Mahayana Buddhism. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main
structure of the main building and other religious contents. You can view the monastery from below.

Day 3            Paro – Thimphu                                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 m
Transfer to Thimphu, the only capital in the world, where there are no traffic lights. The policemen direct the
traffic with highly elegant gestures and salutes. Check into hotel.

Walk to see the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the Third King H M Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ,
who died in 1972. The late King had decided to put into tangible form the three traditional pillars of
Buddhism, the Word, Body and Mind of Buddha. He had the commentaries of Buddha, the Tanjur,
transcribed in letters of gold to represent the Body of Buddha, but he died before he could complete the Mind
of Buddha in the form of a Chorten. His Mother, the Royal Grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron built the
monument on his behalf and in his memory.

Walk down to Changlimithang where a decisive battle in Bhutanese history was fought in 1885, and it gave
virtual control of the whole country to the future First King, Ugyen Wangchuk. Archery tournaments and
football matches take place every holiday.

Visit our Traditional Medicine Institute where equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional
medicines. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here.
Visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps where you can buy postcards and stamps.




                                                Page 13 of 53
Day 4            Thimphu sightseeing – Punakha                                      Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Tour the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight of the Bhutanese way of life. Tour the National
Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National
Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist Manuscripts and ancient texts; the library also has modern
academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                        6526 m
Gangchhenta                     6840 m
Masang Gang                     7165 m
Tsenda Gang                     7100 m
Teri Gang                       7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )      7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and
well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.
The descent into Punakha valley along the Kingdom’s only east west highway loops through the scenic
village of Wangdue for a visit the Wangduphodrang dzong and Radak Naktshang, the village temple. Day
hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to have
siblings come here to pray.

Day 5             Punakha day excursion – Thimphu                                  Drive = 3 hr
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the
banks of the Mo Chu river, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal
Family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chilies and
cabbage, takes guests to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten built by Her Majesty for peace and
stability in the world.
Drive back to Thimphu. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 6         Thimphu – Paro                                                Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Mornings witness the mask and folk dances at the Royal Academy of Performance & Arts.

Afternoon: Drive back to Paro. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 7          Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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                    Journey to Druk Yul – JY7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,115.00    US$ 2,015.00       US$ 1,700.00      US$ 1,700.00 *        US$ 1,700.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 1,908.00    US$ 1,808.00       US$ 1,492.00      US$ 1,492.00 *        US$ 1,492.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 531.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 269.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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                       Himalayan Splendor – HS8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Day 1             Paro – Thimphu                                                    Drive = 1 hr 30 min
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center
and school for monks.

Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate
his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically
this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built
in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people.
Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. Drive to see the
Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
Tour to Tashichhodzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty’s
Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley by
sunset/evening. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.

Day 2           Thimphu Sightseeing – Wangdue                                       Drive = 3 hr
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple,
which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the
National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country. See the Traditional Incense and Paper
Factory.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                        6526 m
Gangchhenta                     6840 m
Masang Gang                     7165 m
Tsenda Gang                     7100 m
Teri Gang                       7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )      7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.




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Day 3           Wangdue - Trongsa – Bumthang                                      Drive = 7 hr
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.

Drive to Bumthang, this is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.
Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of
Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit Yatha Weaving
Center a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where the women of the region sell their
textiles and Yatha specialty.
Check into Hotel.

Day 4            Bumthang Sightseeing
Today, it’s a pilgrimage tour for you; your first stop is the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the
King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108
temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.
Chakhar Lhakhang: Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple, is Chakhar (Iron Castle)
Lhakhang. Although it is easy to mistake it for a house and drive right by, this is an interesting temple and is
worth a short visit.
Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen Gembo,
believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him
to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

Drive up the valley to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey means, “Body imprint”. The temple to the right is the oldest
and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and
left his body imprint. A few minutes walk from Kurjey cross over to the other side of the river over a small
suspension bridge and visit Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing
(Temple of the Good Message). Visit to Jakar Dzong, “ castle of the white bird”. According to legend, when
the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air
and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site
for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and
summer residence of Trongsa monks.

Take a walk around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang valley.

Day 5            Bumthang – Gangtay – Wangdue                                   Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Drive to Wangdue for overnight stay.

Day 6          Wangdue – Paro                                           Drive = 4 hr
Morning: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of
Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.

Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.




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Day 7            Paro Day Excursion
Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx.
3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger
and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point
and drive to hotel for lunch.

Afternoon Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten
Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and
was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108
temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in
accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in
Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness. Visit the Dungte Lhakhang.

Day 8         Paro
Morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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                    Himalayan Splendor – HS8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,469.00    US$ 2,346.00       US$ 1,977.00      US$ 1,977.00 *        US$ 1,977.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,223.00    US$ 2,100.00       US$ 1,731.00      US$ 1,731.00 *        US$ 1,731.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 19 of 53
                    Magical Kingdom Tour – MK8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Day 1             Paro – Thimphu                                                    Drive = 1 hr 30 min
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center
and school for monks.
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate
his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically
this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel.

Day 2            Thimphu Sightseeing
Visit our Traditional Medicine Institute where equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional
medicines. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here.
Visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps where you can buy postcards and stamps.
Tour the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight of the Bhutanese way of life. Tour the National
Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National
Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist Manuscripts and ancient texts; the library also has modern
academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags. Walk to see the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in
memory of the Third King H M Jigme Dorji Wangchuk , who died in 1972. The late King had decided to put
into tangible form the three traditional pillars of Buddhism, the Word, Body and Mind of Buddha. He had the
commentaries of Buddha, the Tanjur, transcribed in letters of gold to represent the Body of Buddha, but he
died before he could complete the Mind of Buddha in the form of a Chorten. His Mother, the Royal
Grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron built the monument on his behalf and in his memory.

Walk down to Changlimithang where a decisive battle in Bhutanese history was fought in 1885, and it gave
virtual control of the whole country to the future First King, Ugyen Wangchuk. Archery tournaments and
football matches take place every holiday.

Day 3           Thimphu – Trongsa                                                   Drive = 7 hr
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                        6526 m
Gangchhenta                     6840 m
Masang Gang                     7165 m
Tsenda Gang                     7100 m
Teri Gang                       7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )      7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

After lunch: drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Visit
the Ta- dzong the Trongsa Dzong. Free time to relax.



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Day 4           Trongsa – Bumthang                                                Drive = 2 hr
After breakfast walk by Trongsa dzong (first built in 1647) and visit the Ta dzong (watch tower), dedicated
to the Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Drive to Bumthang distance 68 km, 2 hours. After lunch visit
Kurje temple (where the Indian saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a
rock), the Jambay Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools), the
Jakar dzong. Also visit the Swiss farm where you can buy cheese, and local fruit products. Overnight at
Bumthang.

Day 5            Bumthang – Punakha                                             Drive = 8 hr
After breakfast drive back towards Punakha (1350 mtrs.) for about 7/8 hrs. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 6          Punakha – Paro                                                  Drive = 4 hr
Morning: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of
Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.

Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.

Day 7            Paro Day Excursion
Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx.
3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of
the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger and landed there in the 8th century,
and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point
and drive to hotel for lunch.

Afternoon Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten
Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and
was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108
temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in
accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in
Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness. Visit the Dungte Lhakhang.

Day 8          Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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                  Magical Kingdom Tour – MK8 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,469.00    US$ 2,346.00       US$ 1,977.00      US$ 1,977.00 *        US$ 1,977.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,223.00    US$ 2,100.00       US$ 1,731.00      US$ 1,731.00 *        US$ 1,731.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 22 of 53
               Journey to the Dragon Kingdom – JD7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Day 1             Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center
and school for monks.

Day 2             Paro Day Excursions
Drive to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) where Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress in the 8th
century and meditated there for three months. Perched on the side of the cliff at a height of 900 m above
Paro valley, it is the most sacred place. Drive to Drukgyal dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in
1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord,
Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes
in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness.

Day 3           Paro – Thimphu                                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built
in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse through local handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people.
Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. Drive to see the
Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
Tour Tashichhodzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty’s
Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Drive to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley by
sunset/evening. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.

Day 4           Thimphu Day Excursion
Hike to Tango Monastery, about 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an
excursion. The drive or walk to reach it offers beautiful views of the countryside and the Thimphu valley.
The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the “Divine Madman”,
Lama Drukpa Kuenley.

After lunch: Visit the Zilukha Nunnery. Free time to relax.




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Day 5           Thimphu – Punakha                                                   Drive = 3 hr
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                         6526 m
Gangchhenta                      6840 m
Masang Gang                      7165 m
Tsenda Gang                      7100 m
Teri Gang                        7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                 7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )       7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                 7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.
Day hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to
have siblings come here to pray.

Day 6          Wangdue – Paro                                           Drive = 4 hr
Morning: Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of
Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

Drive back to Paro driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.

Evening: Visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks.

Day 7         Paro
Morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




                                               Page 24 of 53
             Journey to the Dragon Kingdom – JD7 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,469.00    US$ 2,346.00       US$ 1,977.00      US$ 1,977.00 *        US$ 1,977.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 2,223.00    US$ 2,100.00       US$ 1,731.00      US$ 1,731.00 *        US$ 1,731.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 615.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 308.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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                    Magic & Mountains – MM11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimphu
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served.

Visit the Ta dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro dzong. This dzong was converted
into the National musuem in 1967, and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.
Drive to the Rinpung dzong, built in 17th century, to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders, the dzong is
now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Afternoon visit the Ta dzong, built in the 17th
century as a watchtower for the Paro dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967,
and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel.

Walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Browse through local
handicrafts and free time to mingle with the people.

Day 2           Thimphu Sightseeing – Wangdue                                       Drive = 3 hr
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple,
which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the
National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country. See the Traditional Incense and Paper
Factory.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass (3140 m). An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to
this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. There is a
powerful binocular telescope in the cafeteria. From west to east these are the different peaks with their
elevation:

Kang Bum                         6526 m
Gangchhenta                      6840 m
Masang Gang                      7165 m
Tsenda Gang                      7100 m
Teri Gang                        7300 m
Jejekangphu Gang                 7100 m
Zongophu Gang ( Table Mt )       7100 m
Gangkhar Puensum                 7541 m (Highest mt that is completely inside Bhutan)

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu
(female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.




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Day 3           Wangdue - Trongsa – Bumthang                                      Drive = 7 hr
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.

Drive to Bumthang, this is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.
Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of
Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit Yatha Weaving
Center a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where the women of the region sell their
textiles and Yatha specialty.
Check into Hotel.

Day 4            Bumthang – Mongar                                                 Drive = 8 hr
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. The drive, with spectacular views,
will take about six hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motor
road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla Pass – 12,465 ft.
Gradually drop down to Sengor. Watch cascading waterfalls along the way. The descent stops at 2,130 ft on
a bridge over the Kurichu. Climb again through pine forest, maize fileds and eastern hamlets to Mongar
town. The Mongar dzong, albeit built not to long age, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old
dzongs.

Day 5             Mongar – Trashigang                                              Drive = 3 ½ Hours
The road from Mongar to Trashigang, the eastern most region, begins through lush forests and ferns passing
over the Kori La at 8,000 ft. After about an hours journey you reach the village of Ngatshang, the site of one
of the fiefdoms before unification of the nation. Descending rapidly through cornfields and banana groves,
you reach Yadi village. Follow the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Drametsi. This temple, perched
atop a steep hill, was founded by Nun Choden Zangmo in the 16th century. This is the place from where the
famous Drametsi Nga Chham, mask dance with drums, originated. About 30 kilometres onwards lies
Trashigang, at 3,775 ft. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the nation.
View the dzong, built strategically on a spur going out towards the Gamri Chu.

After lunch: visit Khaling, it is the weaving center under women association of Bhutan and is under the
Government of Bhutan. There you can see all the process and materials involved in weaving. Drive back to
Trashigang for overnight.

Day 6          Day Excursion to Trashiyangtse
Excursion to Gom Kora and Tashiyangtse and sightseeing around Trashigang.

Day 7          Trashigang – Bumthang
Drive back to Bumthang. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 8            Bumthang / Gangtay – Wangdue                                   Drive = 8 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Drive to Wangdue for overnight halt. Evening stroll around Wangdue town.

Day 9              Wangdue – Thimphu                                                Drive = 3 hr
Morning: Hike a hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chhorten built by the Queen of Bhutan for peace and
stability in this everchanging world. This temple is built in an auspicious place, which is like a palm of the
hand and has been described in the old Buddhist scriptures.
Drive back to Thimphu.




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Day 10           Thimphu – Paro                                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Drive to Paro. Check into hotel.
After Lunch: hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take
approx. 3hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of
a tiger and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point
and drive to hotel for lunch.

Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance
with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built
over the very heart of the demoness. Visit the Dungte Lhakhang

Day 11         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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                  Magic & Mountains – MM11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,515.00    US$ 3,346.00       US$ 2,815.00      US$ 2,815.00 *        US$ 2,815.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,169.00    US$ 2,992.00       US$ 2,469.00      US$ 2,469.00 *        US$ 2,469.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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               On the Wings of the Dragon – WD11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Day 1            Paro – Thimpu                                                      Drive = 1 hr 30 min
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and
Mt.Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to Thimphu.
Welcome drinks will be served.
Drive to Thimphu and check into hotel. Visit to the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an understanding
of the Bhutanese way of life. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught
centuries old craft.
Drive to BBS Tower to see Thimphu valley by night.
Welcome dinner. O/n Thimphu.

Day 2            Thimphu sightseeing
Walk to see the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of the Late King of Bhutan. Tour the National
Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the
national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory. Visit the National Textile Museum, which houses the woven
textiles from the different regions of Bhutan. See the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps.
Tour Tashichhodzong, its history is very old, dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty’s
Throne Room and home to the Monk Body. Free time to stroll and mingle with the people. Try a good local
restaurant for dinner. O/n Thimphu.

Day 3            Thimphu - Punakha (Old Capital)                                  Drive = 3 hr.
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass
(3050mts) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Drive onto Punakha,
the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, visit the
Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river.
Day hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to
have siblings come here to pray. O/n Wangdue.

Day 4            Punakha – Trongsa                                                   Drive= 5 hr.
Wangduephodrang dzong stands strategically built on a promontory overlooking the junction of the Sunkosh
and Tangmachu rivers. This dzong is the strategic gateway to central and eastern Bhutan, and was built by
Shabdrung in 1638. Drive upwards to the Pele La Pass, crossing the Black Mountains, which divide western
and central Bhutan. It is a wonderful opportunity to take photographs. Pass through rich rhododendron and
magnolias and yak settlements. Cross the Nikarchu Bridge to enter the Trongsa regions.
Have picnic lunch enroute to Trongsa. Visit the beautiful Trongsa Dzong built in 1648, the ancestral home of
the Royal Family.       Both the second and third King ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings
held the post of Trongsa Penlop (honorary governor) prior to being crowned as King. Tour Ta Dzong, the
watchtower that once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively and provides
visitors an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history. O/n Trongsa.




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Day 5            Trongsa – Bumthang                                                      Drive = 2 hr.
Transfer to Bumthang, which is approx two-hour drive.
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great
teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, treasure
finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley.

After noon: Visit Yatha Weaving Center a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where
the women of the region sell their textiles and Yatha specialty.
Visit the Jakar Dzong, built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal – 1st
Religious and Political King of Bhutan. The fortress is now used as an administration center of Bumthang
valley. Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen
Gembo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built
by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
Drive to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of
Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 11000 Buddhas and 21
Taras (female form of Boddhisatava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Day 6             Bumthang day hike
Kurjey Lhakhang: This temple is located above Jambay Lhakhang and consists of three temples. The one on
the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is
built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is considered the most holy.
The present Royal Queen Mother recently built the third temple. These three temples are surrounded by 108
chhorten wall symbolic of each joint of the human body.
Tangbi Goemba: An hour and a half’s walk from the north of Kurjey Lhakhang leads to this monastery.
Founded by Shamar Rimpoche of Karma Religious School in 1470 stands in the middle of a wide fertile
plateau overlooking the river. Enjoy a picnic lunch.
Visit the Honey and Cheese farm. O/N Bumthang.

Day 7            Ura excursion
Ura lies in the Tang valley, which is a one and a half hour drive from Bumthang. One drives through forests
and large sheep pastures fro about 20 km. Enroute cross Ura la (3600 m pass) with a magnificent view of Mt.
Gangkar Puensum. Closely cluttered houses are the charestistics of the villages in Ura, which is a unique
feature in the country. Above Ura village a new temple was inaugurated in 1986 dedicated to Guru
Rimpoche and contains paintings of the cycle of his teachings. Drive back to Bumthang.

Day 8          Bumthang - Wangdue                                                Drive = 8 hr.
Transfer to Wangdue. There will be plenty of stops for you to take photographs along the way. Have lunch in
Trongsa. Check into hotel. O/N Wangdue.

Day 9            Wangdue – Day excursion to see Omtakha or Limukha village
After breakfast drive to see a western Bhutanese village and see the way of life of the people.
Noon : Drive to Paro for the evening. Stop enroute to take photos and for tea, coffee and snacks. O/N Paro.




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Day 10            Paro sightseeing
Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia, and is filled with antique thanka
paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley
against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness.
Evening: Farewell dinner - Visit a farm house and try our traditional drinks and snacks.

Day 11         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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             On the Wings of the Dragon – WD11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,515.00    US$ 3,346.00       US$ 2,815.00      US$ 2,815.00 *        US$ 2,815.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,169.00    US$ 2,992.00       US$ 2,469.00      US$ 2,469.00 *        US$ 2,469.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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                    Central Bhutan Tour – CB11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Day 1            Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.

Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate
his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically
this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

This evening your guide will give you a short introduction on the country, its culture, people and Buddhism.

Day 2              Paro Sightseeing
Morning hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the view point will take around
three hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a
tiger in the 8th century, and mediated for three months. The monastery was later built in this holy place in
1684. After tea in the café walk back to the road point and drive to hotel for lunch.
Afternoon visit the Ta dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro dzong. This dzong was
converted into the National musuem in 1967, and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons
and armor. Drive to the Rinpung dzong, built in 17th century, to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders,
the dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Overnight at Paro.

Day 3           Paro – Thimphu                                                        Drive = 1 hr 30 min
Drive to Thimphu (54 km), the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 2 hours. Check in to the
hotel. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten of the late king, built in 1974, the indigenous Hospital, where
traditional medicine is still practiced, and the Painting School, where children still learn the ancient art of
painting. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 4           Thimphu – Punakha                                              Drive = 3 hr
Drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hours drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass. From here
one can have a superb view of the highest peaks of Bhutan, such as Mt. Gangkar Puensum, table mountain,
Mt. Jeje Khang, Mt. Masakhang and Mt. Gangcheyta. Drive on to Wangduepodrang for lunch. After lunch
visit Punakha dzong (when the monk body is away in Thimphu) and walk around the main street of
Punakha. Overnight Punakha.

Day 5           Punakha – Trongsa                                                Drive = 5 hr
Drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres. Commanding the Mangde chu at an altitude
of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, the
dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Overnight at Trongsa lodge.




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Day 6            Trongsa – Bumthang                                                 Drive = 2 hr
Drive to Bumthang. This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of
Buddhism. Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his
lineage of Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit the
famous Kurjey, Jambay and Tamshing Lhakhangs. Also the Jakar Dzong, seat of the district administration.
After lunch visit the Jakar dzong, built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang
Namgyal, the first religious King of Bhutan. The dzong is now used as the administration centre for
Bumthang valley. Visit the local handicraft weaving centre and Honey & Cheese Farm. Overnight at
Bumthang lodge.

Day 7           Ura Day Excursion
En route visit Member tso lake, where Terton Pemalingpa, the reincarnation of Guru Padmasambava, is
supposed to have discovered religious treasures in the 12th century. Drive on to Ura village at an altitude of
3,300 metres. Visit the village and the temple and drive back to Bumthang for overnight stay.

Day8            Bumthang – Gangtay                                              Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis) which migrate from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Overnight guesthouse, Phobjikha.

Day 9          Gangtay – Thimphu                                                  Drive = 5 hr
Proceed to Thimphu after breakfast. Lunch at the hotel and at leisure. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 10          Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro                                       Drive = 1 hr 30 min
More sightseeing around the Thimphu valley and drive to Paro after lunch . At leisure at Paro. A farewell
cocktail party will be given to the clients. Overnight Paro.

Day 11         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                           *** End of Services ***




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                  Central Bhutan Tour – CB11 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,515.00    US$ 3,346.00       US$ 2,815.00      US$ 2,815.00 *        US$ 2,815.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 3,169.00    US$ 2,992.00       US$ 2,469.00      US$ 2,469.00 *        US$ 2,469.00 **
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                 For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 438.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




                                          Page 36 of 53
                    Eastern Bhutan Tour – EB14 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
Day 1             Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center
and school for monks.

Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate
his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically
this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Day 2             Paro Day Excursion
Drive to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) where Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress in the 8th
century and meditated there for three months. Perched on the side of the cliff at a height of 900 m above
Paro valley, it is the most sacred place.

Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness.

Day 3            Paro – Thimphu                                                   Drive = 1 hr 30 min
This capital city, lies 54 kms. or about two hours drive away from Paro. Drive through the idyllic
countryside, through villages and paddy fields, cross rivers and natural forests.

Afternoon visit the Tashichhodzong, the seat of the central government where both the temporal and spiritual
heads of the country preside.
The dzong was rebuilt in the 1960s on the ruins of an earllier structure. Visit the Memorial Chhorten, built in
the memory of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Stroll through town. One may be able to catch a game
of archery in progress at the Changlimithang stadium below the town.
Overnight Thimphu.

Day 4            Thimphu – Gangtay                                              Drive = 5 hr
The drive will take about eight hours. Drive up from Thimphu, climbing steadily up to the Dochula pass at
10,500 ft. Enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain ranges to the north. Descend down through temperate
forest bloom with rhododendrons and magnolias to the semi tropical zone or orange, bamboo and cactuses.
Have a glimpse of the Chimi Lhakhang, perched atop a mound. This temple was built by Lam Drukpa
Kuenley, the divine mad man. Couples unable to have siblings, usually come here to pray. Further down
stream is the Wangduephodrang dzong, strategically built on a promontory overlooking the junction of the
Sunkosh and Tangmachu rivers. The dzong is the gateway to central and eastern Bhutan, and was built by
Shabdrung in 1638.




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Day 5             Gangtay – Bumthang                                               Drive = 5 hr
This entails a five hour drive. Drive upwards to the Pele La Pass, crossing over the Black Mountains which
divide western and central Bhutan.
Pass through rich rhododendron and magnolias and Yak settlements. Cross the Nikachu bridge to enter the
Trongsa regions in central Bhutan.
Chendebji chorten, a great white stupa, built in the 18th century in Nepalese design, stands below the road. It
stands testimony to the subjugation of a demon by the Lama Shida.
The approach to Trongsa can be quite frustrating. Here the hills rise steeply forming deep gorges. Trongsa
can seem very near but the winding roads make reaching there quite time consuming. Commanding the
Mangde chu at an altitude of 2,200 mts., Trongsa Dzong is the most mpressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in
1647 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. After lunch drive for two to three hours to
Jakar, Bumthang. Overnight Bumthang.

Day 6             Bumthang Sightseeing
Visit the Jakar Dzong, built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal – 1st
Religious and Political King of Bhutan. The fortress is now used as an administration center of Bumthang
valley. Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen
Gembo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built
by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
Kurjey Lhakhang: This temple is located above Jambay Lhakhang and consists of three temples. The one on
the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is
built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is considered the most holy.
The present Royal Queen Mother recently built the third temple. These three temples are surrounded by 108
chhorten wall symbolic of each joint of the human body.

Horse riding along Bumthang valley and enjoy the view of the near by village and temple.

Drive to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of
Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 11000 Buddhas and 21
Taras (female form of Boddhisatava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century. See Mebar tso
(Fire burning lake) where Terton Pemalingpa an incarnation of Guru Rimpoche found religious treasures.

Evening: Visit the local cheese and honey farm.

Check into Hotel.

Day 7            Bumthang – Mongar                                                 Drive = 8 hr
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. The drive, with spectacular views,
will take about six hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motor
road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla Pass – 12,465 ft.
Gradually drop down to Sengor. Watch cascading waterfalls along the way. The descent stops at 2,130 ft on
a bridge over the Kurichu. Climb again through pine forest, maize fileds and eastern hamlets to Mongar
town. The Mongar dzong, albeit built not to long age, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old
dzongs.




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Day 8             Mongar – Trashigang                                              Drive = 3 hr 30 min
The road from Mongar to Trashigang, the eastern most region, begins through lush forests and ferns passing
over the Kori La at 8,000 ft. After about an hours journey you reach the village of Ngatshang, the site of one
of the fiefdoms before unification of the nation. Descending rapidly through cornfields and banana groves,
you reach Yadi village. Follow the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Drametsi. This temple, perched
atop a steep hill, was founded by Nun Choden Zangmo in the 16th century. This is the place from where the
famous Drametsi Nga Chham, mask dance with drums, originated. About 30 kilometres onwards lies
Trashigang, at 3,775 ft. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the nation.
View the dzong, built strategically on a spur going out towards the Gamri chu. Overnight Trashigang.

Day 9          Day Excursion to Trashiyangtse
Excursion to Gom Kora and Tashiyangtse and sightseeing around Trashigang

Day 10           Trashigang – Bumthang                                         Drive = 11 hr
After breakfast stroll around Mongar town area. Drive back to Bumthang for overnight halt.

Day 11          Bumthang – Wangdue                                              Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Overnight guesthouse, Phobjikha.

Day 12           Wangdue – Thimphu                                       Drive = 5 hr
Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan
for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.

Drive back to Thimphu. Stop enroute at Dochula to enjoy the view of the Druk Wangyal Khangzang
Chhortens, a unique cluster of 108 temples that spiral up a main monument. It was build as a tribute and
monument to the self less service and visionary leadership of His Majesty the King. Transfer to Paro,
driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural
forests to Paro.

Day 13         Thimphu – Paro                                                      Drive = 1 hr 30 min
More Sightseeing in Thimphu.

After lunch: Drive back to Paro. Check into hotel.

Day 13         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

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                  Eastern Bhutan Tour – EB14 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 4,569.00    US$ 4,338.00       US$ 3,654.00      US$ 3,654.00 *        US$ 3,654.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,138.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 569.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 4,115.00    US$ 3,885.00       US$ 3,200.00      US$ 3,200.00 *        US$ 3,200.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,138.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 569.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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                        Jewel of the East – JE15 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Day 1             Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now use as an administration center
and school for monks.

Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646by Shabdrung to commemorate
his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically
this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Day 2             Paro Day Excursion – Thimphu                                     Drive = 1 hr 30 m
Drive to the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) where Guru Rimpoche flew on a tigress in the 8th
century and meditated there for three months. Perched on the side of the cliff at a height of 900 m above
Paro valley, it is the most sacred place. Drive to Drukgyal dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in
1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord,
Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically this dzong withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes
in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.

Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.
The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness.

Transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 3            Thimphu Sightseeing
Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive
further up to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley.
Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple,
which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory.
See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where children are taught centuries old craft, and the
National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit the Bhutan Post to see the different Stamps of the country. See the Traditional Incense and Paper
Factory.




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Day 4            Thimphu – Punakha                                                Drive = 3 hr
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass
(3050mts) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Drive onto Punakha,
the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, visit the
Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the
Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.
Walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to
have siblings come here to pray. Walk around the street of Wangdue.

Day 5           Wangdue – Bumthang                                                Drive =7 hr.
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.

Drive to Bumthang, this is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism.
Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of
Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Check into Hotel.

Day 6             Bumthang Sightseeing
Visit the Jakar Dzong, built in the 17th century during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal – 1st
Religious and Political King of Bhutan. The fortress is now used as an administration center of Bumthang
valley. Visit Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century of Tibetan King Songtsen
Gembo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built
by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
Kurjey Lhakhang: This temple is located above Jambay Lhakhang and consists of three temples. The one on
the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is
built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is considered the most holy.
The present Royal Queen Mother recently built the third temple. These three temples are surrounded by 108
chhorten wall symbolic of each joint of the human body.

Horseriding along Bumthang valley and enjoy the view of the near by village and temple.

Drive to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of
Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 11000 Buddhas and 21
Taras (female form of Boddhisatava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century. See Mebar tso
(Fire burning lake) where Terton Pemalingpa an incarnation of Guru Rimpoche found religious treasures.

Evening: Visit the local cheese and honey farm.

Check into Hotel.

Day 7            Bumthang – Mongar                                                 Drive = 8 hr
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. The drive, with spectacular views,
will take about six hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motor
road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla Pass – 12,465 ft.
Gradually drop down to Sengor. Watch cascading waterfalls along the way. The descent stops at 2,130 ft on
a bridge over the Kurichu. Climb again through pine forest, maize fileds and eastern hamlets to Mongar
town. The Mongar dzong, albeit built not to long age, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old
dzongs.




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Day 8            Mongar – Lhuntshi                                                   Drive = 3 hr
After running for a few kilometers through open countryside of the mountain, the road turns north and goes
down into the gorge of the river, following its left bank at an altitude of 1100 m. The landscape is spectacular
with cliffs and coniferous forest from which turpentine is extracted. Lemon grass also grows in abundance.

Visit the Lhuntshi Dzong, which was built in the year 1962 but was restored several times. It is the
administrative center of the district and it houses a monastic community of about a hundred monks.

Day 9             Lhuntsi Day Excursion – Mongar                                    Drive = 3 hr
Morning: Visit the village of Gompa Karpo, which is four-hour, walk east of the Dzong and Dungkhar
village that are especially renowned for the fine quality of the fabrics they produce. Drive back to Mongar
for overnight stay.

Day 10            Mongar – Trashigang                                                 Drive = 3 hr 30 min
The road from Mongar to Trashigang, the eastern most region, begins through lush forests and ferns passing
over the Kori La at 8,000 ft. After about an hours journey you reach the village of Ngatshang, the site of one
of the fiefdoms before unification of the nation. Descending rapidly through corn fields and banana groves,
you reach Yadi village. Follow the Gamri river until the bifurcation to Drametsi. Nun Choden Zangmo
founded this temple, perched atop a steep hill, in the 16th century. This is the place from where the famous
Drametsi Nga Chham, mask dance with drums, originated. About 30 kilometres onwards lies Trashigang, at
3,775 ft. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the nation. View the dzong,
built strategically on a spur going out towards the Gamri Chu.

After lunch: visit Khaling, it is the weaving center under women association of Bhutan and is under the
Government of Bhutan. There you can see all the process and materials involved in weaving. Drive back to
Trashigang for overnight.

Day 11         Day Excursion to Trashiyangtse
Excursion to Gom Kora and Tashiyangtse and sightseeing around Trashigang

Day 12           Trashigang – Bumthang                                         Drive = 11 hr
After breakfast stroll around Mongar town area. Drive back to Bumthang for overnight halt.

Day 13          Bumthang – Wangdue                                              Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Overnight guesthouse, Phobjikha.

Day 14            Wangdue – Paro                                                    Drive = 5 hr
Morning: Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (50 Mins) – temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan
for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Drive back to Paro. Stop enroute at Dochula to enjoy the view of the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chhortens,
a unique cluster of 108 temples that spiral up a main monument. It was build as a tribute and monument to
the self less service and visionary leadership of His Majesty the King.
Transfer to Paro, driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro.

Day 15         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                           *** End of Services ***




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                     Jewel of the East – JE15 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 4,915.00    US$ 4,669.00       US$ 3,938.00      US$ 3,938.00 *        US$ 3,938.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,231.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 946.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 4,423.00    US$ 4,185.00       US$ 3,446.00      US$ 3,446.00 *        US$ 3,446.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,231.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 946.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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               Bhutan the Last Shangri-La – BS21 (21 Days / 20 Nights)
Day 1             Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt.
Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.
Tsherimgang. The green wall of hills known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs
continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the
inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. You will be received by our representative and escorted to the hotel.
Welcome drinks will be served. Visit the Ta Dzong rated as one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia,
and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and Armour. Drive to see the Rinpung dzong,
built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders.
The Dzong is now use as an administration center and school for monks.

Day 2            Paro Day Excursion
Morning hike up to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the viewpoint will take approx. 3
hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger
and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated for three months.
The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684. After tea in the café, walk back to the road point
and drive to hotel for lunch.

Afternoon Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten
Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was
preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples,
which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with
precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over
the very heart of the demoness.

Day 3            Paro – Thimphu                                                    Drive = 2 hr
Morning: On the way to Thimphu visit Tachogang Temple or the “Temple of the Hill of Excellent Zorse”
which rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river, a few km before Chhuzom at the confluence
of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. A Tibetan Saint had a vision of the excellent Horse Balaha – an emanation
of Avalokiteshwara while he was meditating there. He decided thereupon to build a temple at this spot in
addition to one of his famous iron bridges (later carried away by floods in 1969). The exact date of the
temple’s construction is not certain, but it was probably around the year 1433.
Check into hotel. Free time to relax.

Day 4            Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu sightseeing includes a visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist
manuscripts. Visit Changangkha temple, which is the temple of Chenrizig or Compassionate Buddha. See
the Traditional Incense and Paper Factory. See the Traditional Painting School of Arts & Crafts where
children are taught centuries old craft, and the National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the
typical Bhutanese way of life.
Visit Zilukha Nunnery where the nuns meditate and practice Buddhism. Walk around the National
Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Visit Tashichhodzong, its history is very old,
dating back to the 13th century, which houses His Majesty’s Throne Room and home to the Monk Body .




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Day 5            Thimphu – Punakha                                                Drive = 3 hr
Drive to Punakha (70Km) via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass
(3050mts) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Drive onto Punakha,
the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch, visit the
Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river. Visit the
Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.
Day hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the divine Madman Lama Drukpa Kuenley where couples unable to
have siblings come here to pray. Walk around the street of Wangdue.

Day 6             Punakah – Trongsa                                               Drive = 5 hr
Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres, a wonderful opportunity for
photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most
impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.
 Visit the beautiful Trongsa Dzong built in 1648, the ancestral home of the Royal Family. Both the second
and third King ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings held the post of Trongsa Penlop
(honorary governor) prior to being crowned as King. Tour Ta Dzong, the watchtower that once guarded
Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively and provides visitors an insight into historical
significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history.

Day 7            Trongsa – Bumthang                                                 Drive = 2 hr
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great
teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, treasure
finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Check into hotel.
After Lunch: Tour the Jakar Dzong, seat of the district administration, built in the 17th century during the
time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first religious King of Bhutan. The dzong is now used as the
administration centre for Bumthang valley. Visit the famous Kurjey, Jambay and Tamshing Lhakhangs.

Day 8             Bumthang Day Excursion
Full day excursion to Ura Village. Ura lies in the Tang Valley, which is one and a half hour drive from
Bumthang. One drives through forests and large sheep pastures for about 20 km. En-route cross Ura La
(3600 m pass) with a magnificent view of Mount Gangkar Puensum. Closely cluttered houses are the
characteristics of the villages in Ura, which is a unique feature in Bhutan. Above Ura village a new Temple
dedicated to Guru Rimpoche - founder of Buddhism in Bhutan can be visited which contains the paintings of
the cycle of his teachings. Explore the village and stroll around. Drive back to Bumthang.

Day 9            Bumthang – Mongar                                                 Drive = 8 hr
The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. The drive, with spectacular views,
will take about six hours. Pass through Ura village in Bumthang before climbing sharply to the highest motor
road pass in the Kingdom, the Thrumshingla Pass – 12,465 ft.
Gradually drop down to Sengor. Watch cascading waterfalls along the way. The descent stops at 2,130 ft on
a bridge over the Kurichu. Climb again through pine forest, maize fields and eastern hamlets to Mongar
town. The Mongar dzong, albeit built not to long age, still maintains the architectural traditions of the old
dzongs.




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Day 10            Mongar – Trashigang                                              Drive = 3 ½ hr
The road from Mongar to Trashigang, the eastern most region, begins through lush forests and ferns passing
over the Kori La at 8,000 ft. After about an hour’s journey you reach the village of Ngatshang, the site of one
of the fiefdoms before unification of the nation. Descending rapidly through cornfields and banana groves,
you reach Yadi village. Follow the Gamri River until the bifurcation to Drametsi. This temple, perched
atop a steep hill, was founded by Nun Choden Zangmo in the 16th century. This is the place from where the
famous Drametsi Nga Chham, mask dance with drums, originated. About 30 kilometres onwards lies
Trashigang, at 3,775 ft. Trashigang is the center of the biggest and most populated district in the nation.
View the dzong, built strategically on a spur going out towards the Gamri Chu.

After lunch: visit Khaling, it is the weaving center under women association of Bhutan and is under the
Government of Bhutan. There you can see all the process and materials involved in weaving. Drive back to
Trashigang for overnight.

Day 11         Day Excursion to Trashiyangtse
Excursion to Gom Kora and Tashiyangtse and sightseeing around Trashigang.

Day 12          Trashigang – Ranjung – Mongar                                           Drive = 5 hr
In the morning, drive to the Rangjung Monastery. After lunch at Rangjung, drive back to Mongar.

Day 13           Mongar – Bumthang                                             Drive = 8 hr
After breakfast stroll around Mongar town area. Drive back to Bumthang for overnight halt.

Day 14          Bumthang – Gangtey                                              Drive = 7 hr
After early breakfast, drive to Gangtey Gompa with picnic lunch. Visit Gangtey Gompa, which now houses
one of the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The valley is also the winter home to the rare black-necked
cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia to winter in this
valley. Overnight guesthouse, Phobjikha.

Day 15           Gangtey – Wangdue                                               Drive = 3 hr
Morning stroll around Gangtey to get a view of the black-necked cranes. Drive to Wangdue for overnight
halt. Evening stroll around Wangdue town.

Day 16           Wangdue – Thimphu                                           Drive = 2 hr
After breakfast hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten – temple built by the Queen Of Bhutan for
peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Transfer to Thimphu

Day 17           Thimphu Day Excursion
About 7 miles from Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an afternoon excursion. The drive
or walk to reach it offers beautiful views of the countryside and the Thimphu valley. The monastery dates
back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the “Divine Madman”, Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
Drive to see the Takin Zoo, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Drive
to the BBS tower to get a glimpse of the Thimphu valley at night.

Day 18           Thimphu - Paro
Transfer to Paro, driving through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing
rivers and natural forests to Paro. Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which were built in 1646
by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri
Khan. Historically and strategically this dzong withstood all its glory and had Captured western eyes in 1914
vide National Geographic magazine. And also visit the Drugyal Village.




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Day 19          Paro Sightseeing
Drive to Pamesa village to visit the Pamesa Lhakhang built by Terton Sherab. While Terton Sherab was in
Tibet he heard that there were religious treasurer places in Bhutan so he came to Bhutan and founded the
Pamasa lhakhang. Meditate in the Lhakhang and stay the night there. OR You can come to your hotel for the
overnight stay.

Day 20         Haa Day Excursion
Day excursion to Haa valley. Take packed lunch. Visit the Haa Dzong. Drive back to Par for overnight.

Evening: visit a farmhouse and try our traditional drinks and snacks. Try the stone bath.

Day 21         Paro
Early morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.

                                          *** End of Services ***




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              Bhutan the Last Shangri-La – BS21 (21 Days / 20 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 7,015.00    US$ 6,662.00       US$ 5,615.00      US$ 5,615.00 *        US$ 5,615.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,754.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                  For Other Seasons

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                      June, July, August, December, January, February

    1 Pax           2 Pax            3 – 10 Pax        11 – 15 Pax          16 pax & above
 US$ 6,315.00    US$ 5,962.00       US$ 4,915.00      US$ 4,915.00 *        US$ 4,915.00 **
      Single Supplement             US$ 1,754.00                For Festival Season
      Single Supplement              US$ 877.00                  For Other Seasons

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 40 per day for 1 pax and $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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             Himalayan Escape at Uma Paro Resort (4 Days / 3 Nights)
Day 1          Paro
Arrival, check-in, show round & easy walk uma paro staff will welcome you at the airport for the
10 minute transfer to the property. We invite you for a short guided walk in the afternoon in and
around Uma Paro for orientation and acclimatisation purposes.

Day 2          Paro
Daywalk Zurig Dzong & Ta Dzong wind through pine forests past tiny monastery of Gemjola high
above Uma Paro to pretty picnic spot in grounds of fortress-like monastery of Zuri Dzong. Traverse
across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s national museum (open six days a week) with magnificent
views over Paro, and on to Rinpung Dzong. Trail then leads across Paro Chhu River via traditional
covered bridge (nyamai zam) and into Paro town.
Duration: 5 - 7 hours (depending on time spent in national museum and Paro)
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Guided with picnic

Day 3           Paro
Drugkyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang & Taktsang walk drive 17 km to Drukgyul Dzong, built in
1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control northern route to Tibet. Route is picturesque, and
site of Dzong magnificent (from here, only two-day hike to Tibet’s border, dominated by Mount
Jhomolhari). Return to peaceful orchard for picnic lunch directly opposite Taktsang Monastery (the
Tiger's Nest). Make two-hour climb to viewpoint. Alternatively (time permitting) head further up to
several remote dzongs.
Duration: 7 – 8 hours
Difficulty: moderate to hard (ascent should not to be attempted until at least third day in Bhutan,
after acclimatization has occurred)
Guided with picnic

Day 4           Paro
Depart Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions so your transfer
to the airport will be arrange for between 6 – 8am depending on the flight schedule.

                                     *** End of Services ***




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             Himalayan Escape at Uma Paro Resort (4 Days / 3 Nights)
                               Rates Per Pax (High Season)
                     September, October, November, March, April, May
                          ** 20. December 2005 – 31. December 2005 **

                       Package based on 2 pax, in sharing twin/double room
Superior Room                                                  US$ 2,180.00 per person
Deluxe Room                                                    US$ 2,585.00 per person
Suite                                                          US$ 2,883.00 per person
1 Bedroom Villa                                                US$ 3,657.00 per person
Double Villa                                                   US$ 4,371.00 per person

                                 Rates Per Pax (Low Season)
                            June, July, August, January, February
                          ** 01. December 2005 – 20. December 2005 **

                       Package based on 2 pax, in sharing twin/double room
Superior Room                                                  US$ 1,917.00 per person
Deluxe Room                                                    US$ 2,131.00 per person
Suite                                                          US$ 2,452.00 per person
1 Bedroom Villa                                                US$ 3,108.00 per person
Double Villa                                                   US$ 3,703.00 per person

*      50% discount for the team leader in group size of 11 – 15 pax.
**     100% discount for team leader in group size of 16 pax and above.

Including :
• All private transfers & transportation during the tour;
• English Speaking Guide;
• Tours & Excursions as mentioned in the program;
• All entrance fees;
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages);
• One COMO Shambhala massage per person
• Tourism Development Fee (TDF)
• Surcharge of $ 30 per day for 2 pax.

Not included :
• Airfare to Paro;
• Visa Fee (US$ 20.00, paid cash in US Dollars upon arrival);
• Personal expenses.




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                                 Surcharges for Amankora Paro
Additional charges per room per night at :

Amankora Paro

Valid from 01. November 2005 until 31. August 2006

Single Room                     US$ 1,245.00 per room per night
Double Room                     US$ 1,375.00 per room per night
Triple Room                     US$ 1,729.00 per room per night

Valid from 01. September 2006 until 31. October 2006

Single Room                     US$ 1,380.00 per room per night
Double Room                     US$ 1,511.00 per room per night
Triple Room                     US$ 1,863.00 per room per night

•   All meals & house beverages are included.




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                                  2006 Bhutan Festivals

             Name of Festival                Location                     Date
         Lhuntse Tsechu               Lhuntse                 Jan 8-10, 2006
         Trongsa Tsechu               Trongsa                 Jan 8-10, 2006
         Punakha Dromche              Punakha                 Mar 4-8, 2006
         Chorten Kora Tsechu          Trashiyangste           Mar 14-29, 2006
         Gomkora Tsechu               Tashigang               Apr 6-8, 2006
         Chukha Tsechu                Chukha                  Apr 6-8, 2006
         Paro Tsechu                  Paro                    Apr 9-13, 2006
         Ura Yakchoe                  Ura                     May 7-11, 2006
         Nimalung Tsechu              Bumthang                Jul 4-6, 2006
         Kurjey Tsechu                Bumthang                Jul 6, 2006
         Thimphu Drupchen             Thimphu                 Sep 27-Oct 1, 2006
         Wangdue Tsechu               Wangduephodrang         Sep 30- Oct 2, 2006
         Tamshingphala Choepa         Bumthang                Oct 1-3, 2006
         Thimphu Tsechu               Thimphu                 Oct 2-4, 2006
         Tangbi Mani                  Bumthang                Oct 6-8, 2006
         Jambay Lakhang Drup          Bumthang                Nov 5-9, 2006
         Prakhar Duchhoed             Bumthang                Nov 6-8, 2006
         Mongar Tsechu                Mongar                  Nov 27-28, 2006
         Pemagatsel Tsechu            Pemagatsel              Nov 27-30, 2006
         Tashigang Tsechu             Tashigang               Nov 28-Dec 1, 2006
         Nalakhar Tsechu              Bumthang                Dec 4-6, 2006
         Lhuntse Tsechu               Lhuntse                 Dec 28-30, 2006
         Trongsa Tsechu               Trongsa                 Dec 28-30, 2006


Note: Although all efforts have been made to confirm dates, actual dates may be subject to change
due to auspicious calculations of Buddhist monks and astrology charts.




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